The Rain Shower, Antoine Chintreuil
Antoine Chintreuil
The Rain Shower
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Antoine Chintreuil

The Rain Shower, ca. 1868

96.0 x 133.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1903 as a gift from Leopold B. H. Goldschmidt Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not exhibited


About the Work

The light is the protagonist. Dark rain clouds have built up in front of the sun. Only in the distance does the wide country shine in a golden light, giving it a stage-like appearance. Paintings such as this work, which Antoine Chintreuil presented at the Salon in 1868, made the artist one of the most important precursors of the Impressionists. They revered him for his masterful handling of light. He had trained with the Salon painter Paul Delaroche. However, it had been his artist friend Camille Corot who had inspired him to paint landscapes en plein air.

About the Donation

It can be assumed that the painting’s donor mentioned in the inventory book as Leopold B. H. Goldschmidt, Paris, was in fact Leopold Benedikt Hayum Goldschmidt. He was the son of Benedikt Hayum Goldschmidt (1798–1873), who had founded Bankhaus B. H. Goldschmidt in Frankfurt in the nineteenth century. It is not known when precisely Goldschmidt moved to Paris – it may have been after the Prussian conquest of Frankfurt in 1866. He remained registered as a member of the Städelscher Museums-Verein for many years after.

Work Data

Basic Information

The Rain Shower
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: chintreuil.

Property and Acquisition

Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquired in 1903 as a gift from Leopold B. H. Goldschmidt Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 26B4 downpour, rain shower
  • 26A clouds
  • 25H18 cultivated land
  • 25H114 low hill country
  • 46A14 farmers
  • 46AA14 farmers - AA - female farmer, farmer's wife

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